CDC recommends 3rd COVID shot for 65+ to combat variants

VOA Learning English March 2, 2024, 06:01 AM UTC

Summary: U.S. health officials recommend an additional COVID-19 vaccine shot for Americans 65 and older, citing high death and hospitalization rates in this age group. The CDC advises waiting at least four months after the last shot. The new guidance aims to increase vaccine uptake. The latest vaccine targets the XBB.1.5 virus variant. Only 22% of U.S. adults and 42% of older adults have received the updated shot. COVID-19 still poses serious risks, with over 20,000 weekly hospitalizations and 2,000 deaths.

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